A Documentary History of the Bill of Rights
Edited by David E. Young
An 838-page indexed compendium of sources from the Constitutional and Bill of Rights era. View the table of contents. See what the reviewers are saying. The Origin of the Second Amendment is printed on acid free paper. Hardcover copies have a sewn library binding.
The Origin of the Second Amendment was cited six times in Justice Antonin Scalia's majority opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court in the Washington D.C. vs Heller case issued June 26, 2008. Origin was cited a total of thirty-eight times in eight different briefs arguing historical points presented to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Heller case. These briefs included Alan Gura's respondent's brief and amicus briefs from State Firearms Associations, Academics for the Second Amendment, Gun Owners of America, The Paragon Foundation, and Retired Military Officers all in support of Mr. Heller, as well as amicus briefs supporting Washington DC from The American Jewish Committee et.al. and Five States plus Puerto Rico. All of the briefs and pleadings in the Heller case are available at this webpage.
The Origin of the Second Amendment has been cited in two Circuit Court of Appeals cases to document the individual rights nature of the protection afforded by the Second Amendment. It was most recently cited by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in the Parker v District of Columbia decision announced March 9, 2007. The Origin of the Second Amendment was also cited well over one hundred times by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the U.S. v Emerson decision of October 16, 2001.
The Origin of the Second Amendment can be ordered from Amazon.com in either paperback or library bound hardcover editions.
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The link to Free Republic's posting of the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette article about David E. Young and use of The Origin of the Second Amendment by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in the Parker decision.
The link to Keep And Bear Arms' posting of the pre-decision interview with David E. Young, editor of The Origin of the Second Amendment, by Michael Pelletier published shortly after the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision in the U.S v Emerson case.
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This page last updated: January 4, 2017